Max Verstappen Reveals the Biggest ‘Risk’ Factor in Switching from F1 to IndyCar

Published 10/22/2021, 2:46 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen reacts after qualifying in third position REUTERS/Umit Bektas


F1 driver Max Verstappen is creating headlines for his competitive nature as he is putting up a Championship-worthy fight against Lewis Hamilton. But when he’s off the track, Max loves watching the NTT IndyCar Series for its exciting races, cool cars, and diverse race tracks. But in a recent interview, Verstappen revealed he does not want to venture into the American single-seater series because he finds some “risks” attached to it.

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The Red Bull prodigy is a huge fan of the open-cockpit races in the IndyCar series. But even then, Verstappen said he is not open to opportunities for going into that scene. In an interview with NBC Sports, he said, “I love to watch (IndyCar). It’s of course a little bit different to F1, but I think that’s also nice and makes it very interesting to watch. And from my side, I’m of course happy to be in Formula One, because I’m not personally a big fan of ovals. The street tracks and road courses are good, but nah, I would not be a big fan of oval racing myself.”

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen gets out of the car after finishing the race second REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Max further went on to explain how he thinks that the racing style in the IndyCar series is more prone to crashes. While he is currently a frontrunner in Formula 1—one of the most dangerous sports ever—he feels the risk is bigger in the case of the American series. The Dutch finally said, “So for me, I love to watch it. I have a lot of respect for the drivers who do it, but I’m happy where I am.

Max might have good things coming up for him

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After tireless effort from all of Max’s Red Bull team members, engineers, and Max himself, he finally has found himself behind the wheels of a Championship-worthy car. At this moment, Max is leading the Drivers’ Standings followed by the seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton and his mighty Mercedes W12.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 19, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat

In the upcoming United States Grand Prix, fans will be expecting a lot from the Red Bull driver. If he wishes to grab the Championship title, he needs to put huge effort and maintain a comfortable point difference from his rival who is eyeing a record-breaking 8 Championship victory.

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Meanwhile, fans are filled with excitement and trepidation to see how the 2021 Championship Rivalry between Verstappen and Hamilton pans out in the end.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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